The Atari Jaguar was Atari's last major console to hit the market and released in 1993. It was marketed as the first 64 bit console.
A CD add-on was released in 1995.
Why it Flopped
- The Jaguar is actually a 32-bit console but it used multiple processors to technically make it 64-bit. Due to the unusual and complex design of the system's hardware and processors it was very difficult to develop games for. As a result most of the games couldn't properly take advantage of the Jaguar's capabilities.
- Due to the overly complicated architecture, most of Jaguar games didn't really show much improvement graphically compared to the Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive/Genesis despite being advertised as a more powerful console, causing gamers at the time to quickly lose interest in the system and doubt its claims of being 64-bit.
- Only 67 games were commercially released in the Jaguar's lifespan
- The packed-in game Cybermorph wasn't particularly impressive.
- Atari's financial problems and declining reputation kept third party developers away.
- There weren't many good and exclusive games that would make gamers want to buy the console.
- The controller was bulky with the phone keypad considered very difficult to master, though some games came with overlays.
- The system did not have a dust tray to protect the cartridge slot from dust.
- It does have some great games such as Tempest 2000 and Alien vs. Predator.
- Its port of Doom comes the closest of all console ports as being as close to the PC version as possible (although it lacks music).
- The source code is available for homebrewers. Some of those homebrews have shown the Jaguar had plenty of potential.
- Since there are only 67 games it shouldn't be too difficult to collect the entire library.
Though it is a commercial failure that ended Atari's home console market, it developed a small fanbase.
- Many units were turned into dentist equipment and its design was used for the infamous Retro Chameleon.
- If you plug in the CD add-on, the console looks like a toilet. James Rolfe took a poo in the Jaguar episode.